Information Technology Resources for New Faculty and Staff


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Introduction

Barbara Gontrum Welcome to the law school! I am Barbara Gontrum, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs responsible for the library and technology divisions of the school. At any point that works for you, I will be very happy to talk to you about your individual needs and how the library and technology groups can help.

We look forward to working with you – please don't hesitate to write or call me if you have any questions.

 

 

Network Drives

Your U: drive is your home directory in which you can save your work-related data. Data is backed up nightly. Information Technology may be able to restore lost data from a previous night's backup should something be accidentally deleted. Your department's shared drive is on the R: drive. The P: drive contains semi-public community information. Your faculty assistant may share files with you on the S: drive.

Anything stored outside the network drives (including on your desktop) is not backed up and may be lost in case of an accidental deletion or hardware failure.

Shutting Down your Computer

Please make a habit of only logging out of your computer and not powering it down completely. That way, IT can apply security patches overnight when it will not inconvenience you. If your computer is turned off overnight you may experience a delay the next morning when it starts up and begins the required update.

Remote Access

Remote Desktop: PC

For remote access to your network resources (e.g. e-mail, data on your U: drive, etc.) when you are physically outside the School of Law building and have an internet connection, follow these directions:

1. Open an internet connection and go to the following URL: http://www.law.umaryland.edu/remotedesktop

2. Choose the appropriate download for your operating system:

3. Save the file when you are prompted to do so.

4. If the SOL.RDP file did not automatically save to your desktop, move it there and double-click to open. Log in using your username and password (the same as you use to log in to your computer in your office at the law school).

5. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher are all installed on the Remote Desktop server, but they are only meant to be used as light file editing resources. Please download files to your home computer and make any lengthy edits there. When finished, you can upload the file back to your network drive. As a reminder, anything that is not stored on a network drive at the law school is not necessarily backed up and may be lost if accidentally deleted.

6. When you are finished, please log out of your Remote Desktop session. To do this,

a.       Click on "Start"

b.      Click on "Log Off," and

c.       Click "Log Off" when it appears again.

Merely clicking on the red "X" at the top does not properly log you out of the session and you may be prevented from re-logging in to Remote Desktop.

Remote Desktop: Mac

1.       Using a web browser, go to the following address: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads and download the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac.

This will reveal a "Download Now" button:

Which brings you to the download screen where you can download the .dmg file:

2.       Double click the .dmg file that you have downloaded and then run the installer. To configure, go to http://www.law.umaryland.edu/remotedesktop and click "Download Remote Desktop Icon with Office 07"

Double-click the downloaded file and Remote Desktop will launch.

3.       Allow sharing by clicking "connect."

4.       And click "connect" again.

5.       Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher are all installed on the Remote Desktop server, but they are only meant to be used as light file editing resources. Please download files to your home computer and make any lengthy edits there. When finished, you can upload the file back to your network drive. As a reminder, anything that is not stored on a network drive at the law school is not necessarily backed up and may be lost if accidentally deleted.

6.       When you are finished, please log out of your Remote Desktop session. To do this,

a.       Click on "Start"

b.      Click on "Log Off," and

c.       Click "Log Off" when it appears again.

Merely clicking on the red "X" at the top does not properly log you out of the session and you may be prevented from re-logging in to Remote Desktop.

Using Webmail

When you are away from the office but have a web connection and would like to check your e-mail, you may use Outlook Web Access over the internet.

To log in:

1.       From the homepage click "Log In" in the upper right corner:

2.       Then click Faculty and Staff Webmail:

3.       You must enter law\ in front of your username in the Domain\user name field (e.g. if your user name is xsmith, enter law\xsmith) and enter your password in the Password field.

4.       If you click "This is a public or shared computer," the system will allow you to remain logged in for 15 minutes. If you click "This is a private computer," the system will stay logged in for 45 minutes. Please bear these logout times in mind if you are planning on composing a long e-mail.

5.       Click the "Log On" button to use your e-mail. When you are finished, click "Log Off" in the upper right corner:

Note: you cannot change your password using Outlook Web Access: you can only change your password on your office PC or via Remote Desktop.

Changing Your Network Password

You can change your network password at any time from your office computer by holding down Ctrl/Alt/Delete and selecting "Change a Password" from the menu.

To change your password on Remote desktop:

1.       Log into the School of Law via Remote Desktop

2.       Within Remote Desktop, go to START-->SETTINGS-->WINDOWS SECURITY. Alternatively, holding down Ctrl/Alt/End will bring up the same Windows Security box.

3.       Type in your existing password in the OLD PASSWORD box followed by the new password in NEW PASSWORD and CONFIRM NEW PASSWORD boxes. Click OK when finished.

Passwords expire every 180 days and must comply with the following standards:

  • Passwords may not contain your first or last name
  • Passwords may not contain your username
  • Passwords must be a minimum of 10 characters long
  • Passwords must contain at least one capital letter (A-Z)
  • Passwords must contain at least one lower-case letter (a-z)
  • Passwords must contain at least one numeral (0-9)
  • Passwords must contain at least one symbol (! @ # $ % ^ & * - +)

Secure passwords that comply with the rules above do not have to be difficult to remember: one simple trick is to use a sentence or song lyrics to create a password. For instance, you could construct the password Il2tCL&T&E out of the sentence, "I like to teach Constitutional Law and Trusts and Estates."

Blackboard

Getting a password

Blackboard, the School of Law's course management system, allows instructors to create online collaborative learning environments. Instructors can readily do a variety of tasks such as:

  • Deliver course materials
  • Communicate and collaborate with students via email, discussion boards, blogs, wikis, journals, and online chat
  • Receive papers and other student assignments
  • Administer online tests and surveys

To use Blackboard, our course management system, (as well as other enterprise applications), you need to obtain a myUMB account. To get started:

1.       Go to https://myumb.umaryland.edu/psp/paprod/?cmd_login

2.       Click on "First Time User, Setup Your Password":

3.       Complete the form as instructed.

4.       You must wait 15 minutes before logging in, as the password needs to sync.

For password assistance on this system, please contact the campus helpdesk at 410.706.4357. The law school does not administer passwords for this system.

Using Blackboard

All courses taught at the School of Law have a corresponding online course on Blackboard. Student enrollment into a Blackboard course is directly linked to the student registration system and is updated nightly.

Blackboard Support has set up a page devoted to instruction and tutorials in using Blackboard. If you prefer to schedule a personalized training session, ask questions, or provide comments, please contact blackboard@law.umaryland.edu.

Smartphones

The University of Maryland School of Law does not purchase smartphones for faculty, but if you own or are considering purchasing a new smartphone, the matrix below will show you what the compatibility is with our calendar and e-mail systems:

 

E-mail

Wireless Calendar Sync

Wireless Contact Sync

iPhone/iPad

Yes

Yes

Yes

Android

Yes

Yes

Yes

Blackberry

Yes

No

No

If you have an Apple or Android mobile device, you may also want to visit Mobile Apps page.

Classroom Resources

Training and other resources for classroom technology can be obtained from Media services by e-mailing mediaservices@law.umaryland.edu. Information on using the presentation technology in specific rooms can be found here.


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